No matter who wins on the football field Sunday night, there are plenty of opportunities to toast the San Francisco and Baltimore beer scenes.
San Francisco, home of the pioneering Anchor Steam brewery, 21st Amendment, Speakeasy and Southpaw, has a reputation for being one of America's best beer cities. Baltimore may be identified with Natty Boh – a beer that's no longer locally owned or brewed – but Charm City's rich lineup of brews includes the established Heavy Seas, Brewer's Art and British-style Oliver Ales; the acclaimed saisons of Stillwater Ales; and the great German brews coming out of the new Union Craft Brewing.
Since nothing goes with football like beer, local bars are bringing the battle to the taps, offering "Baltimore vs. San Francisco" beer deals during the game. Bier Baron will have $2 Natty Boh and 21st Amendment cans and $3 Anchor Steam and Heavy Seas bottles.
Jack Rose's $5 draft offerings include pints of Speakeasy's Double Daddy imperial IPA and Scarlet Red Ale to represent California, and six different beers from Salisbury's Evolution Brewing. (Go for the Lot 6 Imperial IPA and the light, sessionable Sprung Ale.)
Cause promises to have both Baltimore and San Francisco beers for the day, plus the chance to predict the outcome and win 25 percent off your tab.
Meridian Pint isn't trying to be bipartisan: Beer Director Sam Fitz, who can be seen in a purple jersey most Sundays during football season, is putting a half-dozen different Baltimore brews on tap for the game.